jadhav: Give India another chance to get Kubhushan Jadhav a lawyer: Pakistan court | India News – Times of India


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad high court on Thursday gave more time for India to appoint a lawyer for Kubhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a secret military court in April 2017 over allegations of spying.
The case will now come up for hearing on April 13.
Pakistan’s attorney general Khalid Javed Khan told the court that India wanted the proceedings to cease so that the case then goes to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Justice Athar Minallah, heading a three-member larger bench, remarked that the ICJ had expressed confidence in Pakistani judicial system and had left the matter of reviewing Jadhav’s sentence to Pakistan.
The case about Jadhav’s legal representation was filed last year by ministry of law after Pakistan’s parliament passed a bill at a joint session to provide right of review and reconsideration to the Indian citizen to pave the way for bringing into effect the ICJ’s judgment of 2019. According to the ICJ, Pakistan was under an obligation to give India consular access to Jadhav and also provide him right of review and reconsideration against his conviction and sentence.
In the past, India had cited lack of cooperation from Pakistani authorities in Jadhav’s case. New Delhi has been accusing Islamabad of closing all avenues of justice for Jadhav and had called the review process farcical.
Jadhav, according to Pakistan, was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan’s Mashkhel area. New Delhi, however, claimed that he is a retired Indian Navy officer and was abducted from Iran.
A secret Pakistani military court had sentenced him to death in April 2017. His appeals against his conviction had been rejected by the military’s court of appeal. On India’s appeal, the ICJ had stopped Pakistan from carrying out the capital punishment.

Source link